Invertebrate community sampling in
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
EEB post doc Shannon McCauley samples invertebrate community in pools from the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. This study was desgined to assess the extent to which these communities are structured by habitat isolation and local habitat conditions. This work was enabled by a grant from the National Geographic Committee on Research and Exploration to Shannon McCauley and Marie-Josee Fortin. Graduate student Aaron Hall was also part of this research team and his work is exploring the effects of these conditions on the coastal communities on odonates on these islands.
Shannon McCauley is now Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at University of Toronto, Mississauga. Students and postdocs interested in joining the lab should contact me directly (shannon.mccauley ‘at' utoronto.ca) to discuss possible research projects and funding.
PhD candidate Kyla Ercit from the Gwynne lab is studying wasp feeding behaviour at Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill. A wasp Isodontia mexicana , carries a paralysed female tree cricket, Oecanthus niveus , back to her nest to feed to her young. Photograph by Gil Wizen, August 2011. The Gwynne lab uses insect wasp and bee trap-nests to study insect interactions.
Transplant preparation at KSR
Undergraduate students prepare plants in the greenhouse at Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill . These plants will soon be transplanted to field sites to be used in experiments on the evolution of flowering phenology. PhD Candidate Susana Wadgymar uses Chamaecrista fasciculata to investigate plastic phenological responses to artificial climate warming, while PhD candidate Emily Austen uses Brassica rapa to examine selection on flowering time via male fitness. Both projects are ongoing, with publications expected in 2013.
Using a combination of field and laboratory studies, the Rodd lab is testing frequency-dependent mating and survival advantages that could maintain genetic variation in male colour pattern. Males with rare colour patterns have been shown to have a survival advantage. Current research is designed to examine factors that could contribute to this advantage.
PhD student Alison Parker from the Thomson lab ran a pollinator camp for a number of Undergraduate students. The students shown here (Rosa, David & Sarah) caught and identifying pollinators visiting flowering plants at our field station (KSR). This field work was part of a Research Opportunity course EEB299.